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Twice as many high school students had never had an alcoholic drink in 2014 compared to 2005.
High school students who drank alcohol in the last 12 months dropped from 3 in 5 (63.5%) in 2005 to 2 in 5 (43.7%) in 2014.
Young people are initiating drinking later and drinking at less hazardous levels then they used to. The New South Wales School Students Health Behaviours Survey (2014) reported a substantial reduction in students aged 12–17 years reporting that they had ever consumed alcohol, from 82.7% in 2005 to 65.1% in 2014. Similar downward trends are reported nationally and internationally. Although overall consumption is declining, national recommendations maintain that it is safest for young people to not drink at all; however, 17% of all young people in Australia consumed alcohol in the past 7 days, with 6% consuming at a significant risk of harm. The factors that influence young people's uptake of alcohol are complex, including biological and broader social factors.
Alcohol attributable hospitalisations for 15-24 years olds have decreased over the last 9 years.
Harmful drinking is highest for people 16-24 years and lowest for people 65 years.
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